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Tokyo museum owes Taiwan an apology

The upcoming exhibition in Japan of some of Taiwan's most treasured collections of antiques would have been a perfect example of cultural exchange if not for a row over the name of the Taipei-based museum that owns the items.

A press conference in Tokyo meant to unveil the freshly arrived items was canceled Friday following a protest by the National Palace Museum (NPM) because the word “national” was missing from its name in some of the organizer's materials advertising what many consider to be the most important Taiwanese exhibition ever in Japan.

The Taiwan government has issued an ultimatum demanding that the organizer correct the mistake by removing all posters without the full name by midnight tonight, threatening to cancel the exhibition if the demand is not met.

The importance of the exhibition is proved by the fact that it is the first time that two of the NMP's must-see items, the Jadeite Cabbage and the Meat-Shaped Stone, have left the museum since they were moved to Taiwan from China more than six decades ago. It's like the Louvre lending out the Mona Lisa.

We assume the exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum (TNM) must have been meticulously planned.

Some commentators in Taiwan have suggested that Japan's law preventing any ownership claims to exhibits on loan from other countries was made specifically to pave the way for the NPM event.

It should have been a “perfect” example of cultural exchange because all arrangements seemed to have been made to prevent politics from stealing the show – specifically the possibility of Beijing taking legal actions to reclaim the items.

So everything went well until reports emerged about the discrepancy in the NPM's name. Politics is back in the game.

Shakespeare's Juliet famously asks “What's in a name?” and concludes that a rose called by another name would still smell as sweet. She could be right if only we could ignore the role of language in the world.

June 22, 2014    yeh321@
The posters in question, which have been spotted at train stations and parks in Tokyo, were prepared by a media sponsor group comprising major media outlets including NHK, the Asahi Shimbun and other TV stations and newspapers. Meanwhile, official posters and brochures prepared by the Tokyo National Museum refer to the Taipei museum by its official name.
So why is the Ma government complaining to Tokyo and not the media group in question? Maybe because it's easier to pick a fight with a friend like Japan than stand up to a bully like China?
June 22, 2014    haha@
Wanted:
Carltanong's comment, with another deep and insightful analysis on Japan and Lee Tung Hui!
June 23, 2014    bescheiden@
Typical Taiwanese feeling slighted. Turning every little bit into politics. Why is it so easy for Taiwan to lose face? Why is Taiwan so vulnerable? Such a nation of cry babies.

Taiwan owns all foreign workers that it cheated, raped, abused and lied to an apology and compensation. Yet it'll never happen as Taiwanese think they're superior. Losers!

Makes me ashamed to be called Taiwanese!
June 23, 2014    bescheiden@
Why is Taiwan so proud of these artifacts? They were made in China yet Taiwan so proudly displays them while at the same time putting down everything that is Chinese. Why not return the items to China and only display artifacts from Taiwan? Oh, it most likely won't even fill one room.
June 26, 2014    carltanong@
haha@ wrote:
Wanted:
Carltanong's comment, with another deep and insightful analysis on Japan and Lee Tung Hui!
TING KUI and Japan. Ooooooo...
_TING KUI is illegitimate son of Japan.
_TING KUI is famous crying for the passing away of Emperor Hirohito.
_TING KUI is famous bowing 360 degrees inside the war criminal inside Yasukuni ShiriEVIL
_TING KUI IS FAMOUS giftwrap our Dioayutais to his daddyland.

TING KUI famous quote to Miss Tai is TRY YOUR HARD NEXT SHOT 2016.

_Japan is famous committing atrocities and denied it and change her own history. HAHA.
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